Thursday, October 08, 2015

Live broadcast with Bobby Chiu and Stephen Silver

Starts at 7am PT/10am ET
Ends at 8am PT/11am ET

Drawing, painting, talking about art and chatting it up with the crowd and taking questions.
Come and join us!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Interview with ODDWORLD creator Lorne Lanning

Oddworld Creator Lorne Lanning interview.
One of the founding members of Oddworld Inhabitants in 1994, Lorne Lanning has been at the helm of the critically acclaimed fantasy realm, Oddworld throughout its long and storied existence. CLICK the banner above to see Bobby Chiu interview Lorne on what it's been like to be involved in the digital painting, computer graphics and video game revolution over the past 20 years.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5 Ways to Create Opportunities with Bobby Chiu

5 Ways to Create Opportunities with Bobby Chiu
by Bobby Chiu & Flynn Ringrose

1 - "No" really means "Not right now."
One of the most important things I’ve learned about opportunities is that the people that receive the most, and I’m counted in this, are the people that don't take no as final. We’re okay with getting a harsh no, or a few of them. When rejection happens, learn to put a smile on your face, go back, reassess, and come back with a new approach or completely new portfolio. If you know in your heart that you are willing to take ten harsh rejections without giving up, then most likely you won't have to.

2 - Don’t sit waiting for your ship to come in.
One thing I see all the time that I think is unfortunate is that many artists wait and wait for the perfect job. Here’s my advice for that, just go and do it! Just go pretend. One of the things that helped me starting out before we did Alice in Wonderland, was pretending that we were already working on a Tim Burton film. Every project we had that was close enough, we’d try to make it complementary to what we thought would be cool in a Tim Burton movie.
You can’t just sit there saying “I wish” and “I imagine” unless you’re doing it in a way that helps you get to that destination. That’s what helped me with getting on Alice in Wonderland, thinking about it all the time, but also always working towards it.
There is something to be said about waiting for your dream job. Just don’t sit there and do nothing. I think not enough people wait for their dream job in a way. They take the first jobs that come to them that are half-decent and go with that. That’s what happened to me way back. I took a job working on a television show that I didn’t particularly like the style or quality of because I had just got out of school and that’s what they tell you you’re supposed to do. Did it help excel my career? No, it was like a sidestep, or even a backstep away from my goal. So only take jobs that move you towards your goals if you can help it.

3 - Keep learning.
You can’t settle, especially nowadays. Things change so rapidly in films, games and art. It evolves every year. So you have to adopt the idea that you’re a life-long student. Because if you’re not advancing, the world is going to advance right past you, even if you’re successful now, it’s going to be hard for you ten years from now if you don’t keep learning.
Every couple years we try to take a month or two off to do a gallery show to strengthen, improve and evolve. And right now I’m trying to gear my schedule so that I can take more courses. You know, before when we were starting Schoolism, I was able to take all the classes. Recently, because we’re doing more things, we’re traveling a lot more, it’s harder. But I gotta stick to what has gotten me to where I am which has been learning constantly. And I gotta make time and get back there.
You can’t keep drawing if you don’t stop to sharpen your pencil every once in a while.

4 - Start a landslide.
Taking opportunities leads to more opportunities. For example, how did I meet Glen Keane, my all-time artistic hero? I took an opportunity to go to Angoulême, France to set up a table at their annual comic festival. I don’t know French, but I heard it was a good opportunity, so we went. And we met these two gallery owners who are now some of our best friends. Jean-Jacques Launier, and Diane Launier. They own a gallery named Arludik. Years later, at CTN in Burbank, Jean-Jacque and Diane were there and we were there and they introduced us to Glen Keane, and then later, we did a gallery show in Paris and Glen Keane came, and we talked a little bit again, and then through opportunity again, because I knew John Carls, a producer on Rango (2011). We’d spoken a bunch of times but never worked together, but we were very cordial to each other. He was organizing a talk in Savannah, and he invited Glen Keane and I, and so I was on stage with Glen Keane and got to spend a couple days with him.
Some people, they just do their convention, or their show, and then they go home. Some people don’t make friends at school, they don’t even know their classmates names, and if there’s one way to lose out on opportunities that can change your life. That’s it.

5 - Live in a way that generates more opportunities.
The best way to make opportunities come to you is to gear your habits and your principles in a way that helps you come across more great opportunities. For example, always try to meet new people. If you’re always trying to meet new people, and that’s a principle you live by, then guaranteed, you’re going to have more opportunities.
Don’t do anything unless you think it through and it makes sense to you. If it makes sense to though, then you have to do it. Get into that mindset and promise yourself that if you know it’ll be good for you, then you’re going to do it.
Just like education. Some people might think, “Oh yeah, that would totally help me, but I don’t have the time.” Maybe because the person isn’t making enough money, but the thing is, if they had more skills, they’d make more money!
The main thing is, you gotta do the things that make sense to you. For example, our Kickstarter is almost done, and if you pledge on the Kickstarter, you’re actually going to get a better price then you would when we launch the subscriptions on Schoolism. If it makes sense to pledge for education from the industry’s best for as little as $10/month, you gotta do it! It would be crazy if you don’t because these opportunities will pass you by if you keep waiting forever.

At some point, you gotta pull over so that you can sharpen your pencil, and get back in the game.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It’s our mission to bring you the latest and greatest art education we can. It is thus our pleasure to present to you this wonderful character design tutorial from Schoolism instructor, Stephen Silver​! In this video, Stephen educates and inspires with his unmistakable blend of skill and panache.

Click on HERE to see how Stephen recreates King Joffrey from hit TV show, Game of Thrones in his own unique style.

Have an artist in mind you’d like to learn from? Sound off in the comments to let us know what tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

Schoolism Subscriptions: Affordable Education campaign has 3 days left and 1 more stretch goal to go on Kickstarter. To help reach this goal, any reward $100 or more will receive an additional free month in their subscription. If you'd like to help, pledge for a subscription or just share this link.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Schoolism Interview with Director of Tarzan, Kevin Lima!

Schoolism Interview with Director of Tarzan, Kevin Lima​! 
Celebrate our $400K stretch goal victory with this brand-new Schoolism Interview!

Kevin Lima is one of very few directors who has worked on both animated and live-action films. Kevin has tread an exciting journey to become the director he is today. See the interview below and find out how art inspired Kevin to go on to direct A Goofy Movie, Enchanted, Tarzan, and more!

Thanks to all of our backers who have made this triumph possible. There are 20 days left now; let’s see together, just how high we can climb!

If there are more artists you'd like for Schoolism to interview, please sound off in the comments!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Drawing Exercises: 20 min portraits

ChiuStream Drawing Exercises. This drawing exercise focuses on 20 minute portraits. As always, consistency is the key. I recommend doing one of my drawing exercises every morning to see maximum results. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Drawing Exercises: Arrow Technique (Advanced)

Drawing Exercises: Arrow Technique (advanced). It not only helps overall visualizing abilities but it's a great one for improving your sense of design.
As always, consistency is the key. I recommend doing one of these drawing exercises every morning to see maximum results.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Drawing Exercises - Arrow Technique

Drawing Exercises: Arrow Technique. It not only helps overall visualizing abilities but it's a great one for improving your sense of design.

As always, consistency is the key. I recommend doing one of these drawing exercises every morning to see maximum results.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drawing Exercises. Man's head 3/4 view

Just uploaded the new drawing exercise from Chiustream. This drawing exercise helps with drawing a man's head 3/4 view and overall visualizing abilities.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Drawing exercises to start your day: 3/4 head of a woman

Drawing exercises to start your day. Today's topic: 3/4 view of a woman's head. 

Click HERE to download working file

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chiustream broadcasting live Monday Feb 23, 2015

Please subscribe to his Livestream account (link below) to stay notified of future streams.
This Monday Feb 23th 10am ET/ 7am PT, watch a live broadcast, the 'CHIUSTREAM' with artist Bobby Chiu. He'll share some of his drawing exercises that you can do with him to gain confidence in your drawing abilities as well as thoughts and personal stories about gaining confidence in yourself. If you have any questions you'd like Bobby to answer, let him know in the comments.

Drawing Exercise to start your day

Hi all,
I'm starting up the Chiustreams again with a twist. I'm incorporating exercises we can do together while the video plays. Come join me and like the video if you'd like to support what I'm doing here. Bobby

Friday, January 23, 2015

Schoolism Toronto & Montreal promocodes 2015

Looking for promocodes to the Schoolism Montreal & Toronto workshops? These promocodes will get you all access for $150. 
Montreal Promocode: CANADIENS
Toronto Promocode: DISTILLERY

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Amazon Prime announces Niko and the Sword of Light premiering Jan 15, 2015

Huge announcement! Our show "Niko and the Sword of Light" will air our pilot episode on Amazon Prime on January 15th!! I'm so excited to have the world see it! What started off as 4 friends working on this on our off time, has now gone to levels we never would have imagined. I'm so thrilled and thankful. Especially to Amazon Studios, Titmouse Studios and everyone that was involved. Here's an article on VARIETY about Amazon Prime's first batch of pilot launches for 2015.
Niko and the Sword of Light (for children ages 6-11)
Niko and the Sword of Light is based on the motion graphic comic by StudioNX & Imaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jim Cummings (Shrek) lend their vocal talent.